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BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance

Course Overview

The BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance degree is designed for students wishing to develop skills and knowledge in preparation for a successful career in the financial sector. As the programme is also integrated with various professional qualifications, it provides the first stages to complete professionally recognised exams once you graduate, such as Investment Management Certificate (IMC), Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), Investment Advice Diploma and Chartered Financial Analyst – CFA® Level I

Key Information

    Course Name:

    BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance

    Total Academic Credits:

    360 credits

    Qualification Awarded:

    BA (Hons) Banking and Finance

    Awarding Body:

    BPP University

    Professional Recognition:


    Academic Level:

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study Mode:

    Full time - Classroom


    3 years or 2 years (accelerated)

    Tuition Fees:

    £7,850 or £11,775 per year


    September and January

    Work placement:


    Course location :

    London City

Academic entry requirements

Three A levels with minimum BCC or equivalent qualification for 3 year programme and minimum BBB for 2 year programme

English Entry Requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall score with no components below 5.5

Assessment Methods

Combination of examination and coursework

Progression Route

MSc in Accounting and Finance

Career opportunities

Finance Officer, Accounts Assistant, Financial Analyst in private and public sectors


Year 1


  • Professional Practice and Ethics (15 credits)
  • Business Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Understanding Financial Statements (15 credits)
  • Commercial Awarenes (15 credits)
  • Commercial & Investment Banking (15 credits)
  • Business Finance (15 credits)
  • Academic Skills and Employability - Part 1 (0 credits)


  • Investment Management Certificate - IMC (15 credits)
  • The Professional Banker (15 credits)

Year 2


  • Macroeconomics & the Banking System (15 credits)
  • Financial Markets & Institutions (15 credits)
  • Management in Practice (15 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (15 credits)
  • Behavioural Economics, Leadership and Organisational Culture (15 credits)
  • Academic Skills & Employability - Part 2 (0 credits)


  • Credit and Lending (15 credits)
  • Investment Advice Diploma - IAD (15 credits)
  • Probability and Statistics (15 credits)
  • Portfolio Management (15 credits)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (15 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
  • Digital Business (15 credits)

Year 3


  • Contemporary Integration Project - Part 1 (15 credits) 
  • Financial Risk Management (15 credits)
  • Business Integration Project - Part 2 (15 credits)
  • Academic Skills & Employability - Part 3 (0 credits)


  • Financial Derivatives (15 credits)
  • Alternative Investments (15 credits)
  • Introduction to International Banking (15 credits)
  • International Business (15 credits)
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) (30 credits)
  • Bonds and Fixed Interest (CISI Diploma) (15 credits)
  • Regulation and Compliance (CISI Diploma) (15 Credits)
  • Company Law (15 credits)
  • Change Management (15 credits)
  • Banking; Personal and Organisational Ethics (15 credits)

Reasons for choosing this course

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the role and function of accounting and how its various disciplines interrelate and contribute to the effective management of organisations;
  • Develop a critical understanding of the key concepts within the main accounting disciplines to enable their real application at a professional level;
  • Develop an understanding of professional judgement and professional ethics, including the competence, confidence and maturity to apply it in the appropriate contexts;
  • Gain a comprehensive and systematic knowledge of the theories, models and techniques of accounting, including being able to critically evaluate their effectiveness in different situations;
  • Develop a range of skills and attitudes which facilitate effective transitions into the work environment, including an appreciation of the responsibility of accountants as leaders in organisations;
  • Become effective communicators of complex financial findings and reasoned recommendations.
  • Earn Investment Management Certificate Advantage Partner (IMC);

Main learning outcomes

  • A comprehensive understanding of the internal and external business environments in which professional accountants operate in order to contribute to management decisions;
  • A comprehensive understanding of the techniques and analytical tools used within organisations for the production of financial information for planning, decision making and control and external reporting;
  • Personal and professional responsibility and awareness of codes of conduct appropriate to the professional accountant in order to make sound judgements in complex and unpredictable situations;
  • Critical awareness of contemporary issues in professional accounting and their impact on current practice;
  • Analyse business scenarios and data without guidance, using a range of business and accounting techniques to contribute to the management of organisations;
  • Synthesise information and ideas from varied sources in order to propose recommendations, conclusions and novel solutions;
  • Critically evaluate evidence, including alternative arguments and theories and contradictory data, to support decision making processes and the resolution of business problems;
  • Identify and define complex business problems, often in the absence of complete data or in unpredictable environments, and apply appropriate accounting and business knowledge and skills to their solution;
  • Exercise professional judgement, in complex or unpredictable situations, in order to make sound professional decisions;
  • Exercise initiative, take responsibility for own work and act autonomously within agreed guidelines when dealing with different professional situations;